We all are aware of how crucial is the role of water in our lives. 70% of the Earth is covered by water. One of the prime nutrient and reason for the survival of life on Earth is water. But what we ignore that water can become a finite nutrient for humanity if not utilized judiciously. In the recent decade, with an increase in population, there has been a steep rise in the water demand. However, the wastage of water has also increased.
Based on the current scenario, environmentalists and conservationists have considered water conservation as the only plausible way to restrict the uncontrollable wastage of water.
In this article, we will learn the ways to conserve water at home and in other places to create a sustainable water world for the future. Let’s get started.
What is the concept of water conservation?
Water conservation is a practice to recycle used water productively. Preservation is necessary for developing a sustainable ecosystem to safeguard exhaustible resources. Based on scientific research and analysis, there is a possibility of a massive shortage of water by 2040 worldwide.
The more water turns finite, the higher it will cost to humanity. The hour’s prime need is to incorporate conservation tricks to reduce the loss of day-to-day usage of water.
Put weight in your toilet’s tank
The maximum amount of water is wasted while flushing after the toilet. On average, per day, 20 gallons of water get wasted through flushing. To curb this loss, either you require a highly-efficient water closet or a home-based tip for you is to drop heavyweight into the toilet tank. The storage of water will minimize, and hence less amount of water will be wasted.
Use definite amount of water for laundry
Water used for laundry is non-potable. The accumulation of detergent releases toxic chemicals into the water, and when it is discharged untreated into central water bodies, they adversely affect the marine ecosystem.
An efficient washing machine is mandatory
You must utilize as much water as required for every laundry wash. An efficient washing machine uses less water and accumulates more clothes in each laundry wash. This process reduces the usage of detergent as well as electric consumption. Based on performance, a front-loaded washing machine consumes less water for washing than a top-loaded washing machine.
Install low-flow showerheads
High-flow showerheads are the chief contributors to water wastage. During bathing, shower usage is pretty standard, but you must use a low-flow showerhead to cut down the water outflow. Low-flow showerheads contribute to saving water up to 15 gallons.
Be cautious about leakages
On average, 10,000 gallons of water gets wasted due to leakage in household pipelines. Inspect your pipeline joints of bathrooms and kitchen area periodically—repair faucets and faulty pipes that are subjected to minor leakages.
Report municipalities for roadside water issues
There are several places in our cities where faucets and roadside water services are either leaking or faulty. Mostly we tend to neglect them. These negligible acts of today will cost us heavily tomorrow. Report about such disturbing cases to the municipal offices.
Do not wash vegetables and fruits under running water
Fill a bowl with water and wash your vegetables and fruits using that water. Avoid washing them in running water to minimize the wastage of water.
Reduce food wastes
Cooking requires a considerable amount of water. Off-season cereals, vegetables, and other foodstuffs require more water and time to cook. Therefore, you must add seasonal food items to your diet. Try to add a small number of food items to your diet so that you eat it up all. According to a UK based survey, more than 7 tons of food and beverage items dumped by them are eatables. The estimated cost of waste food stands at £540 per year.
Schedule your gardening to reduce water loss
Water your plants early in the morning or after dusk to minimize loss of water due to evaporation. Dig narrow channels in the soil to transport water directly to the roots with minimal loss.
During the hot summer days, keep a container filled with water outside on your lawn for the thirsty animals and insects. This process is more effective than watering your lawn periodically throughout the day.
Beware of water-grabbers
Many large business firms and company owners purchase uplands to contribute to water scarcity in the neighboring areas. They even restrict residents to utilize water. They set up industries that pollute mainstream water bodies and exhaust the land’s natural water supplies. These practices adversely affect farming areas and the quality of drinking water. The method is called “water grabbing.” Beware of such companies and their products.
How much water is used on average?
Based on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s survey reports, on average, an American family utilizes 300 gallons of water, and more than 70% of it is being used in indoor activities. Taking a shower in the morning, brushing teeth, having coffee, watering plants, and then late night, other cleaning works make up these 70%.
The remaining 30% of water utilization or wastage is done outdoor throughout the nation. The arid areas do not make themselves in this 30%.
However, based on USGS reports, the complete estimated description of water usage is not known. Still, per day, each person consumes 80-100 gallons of water for various home-based works. The maximum water utilization takes place in flushing the toilet and then taking a shower.
We hope you have learned some easy-to-go home based tips to conserve water. It’s high time that we should learn to save water for us and flora and fauna on this Earth.